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Matt Uncovered - The Rarer Monro
Matt Uncovered - The Rarer Monro
Price: £8.49

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Treasures, 25 Sep 2012
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A very brief review:

In the sleeve notes a semi apology is made about one or two songs' recording qualities, but the point is made that these are, after all, MATT MONRO test versions.

That says it all for me. He was so head and shoulders above virtually all other singers-was it Dick Haymes who said that he was the best of the lot?-that any fan just has to have this collection.

Beyond criticism! In grateful remembrance Matt.


Toshiba DVR20 Digital DVD Recorder and VCR with Freeview (discontinued by manufacturer)
Toshiba DVR20 Digital DVD Recorder and VCR with Freeview (discontinued by manufacturer)

1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Beware Movie Collectors!, 10 May 2012
This product is fine for dubbing and as a Freeview TV but be very wary if you like to collect obscure movies or old TV series from the USA like I do.

It will be very much pot luck if Region 1 DVDs play in this machine.

I bought one recently and bitterly regret the purchase.

For example, it won't play my collection of old Mexican films put out by Warner's a few years ago. How crazy is that? But, bizarrely, it WILL play "Highway to Heaven", the old Michael Landon family series from the 1980s. It seems to depend on how strict the DVD co. is on enforcing this evil regionalisation of DVDs.

I'm dreading trying my "Fugitive" and "Invaders" collections.

Presumably, people will have problems on other regions as well. With the increasing internationalisation of the world and people wanting to play DVDs from their home countries, or having bought DVDs when on holidays, a machine like this is grossly unhelpful.

Hopefully, the EU is to pronounce on this soon and declare the practice illegal.

No hacks are available-Toshiba should be congratulated on making a machine that alienates many innocent customers. The helpline people are very nice but won't/can't help.

I will have to connect up my old Sony multi-region player to play my Region 1's.

I shall never buy Toshiba again.
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L'Emmerdeur ( A Pain in the A... ) [DVD]
L'Emmerdeur ( A Pain in the A... ) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Lino Ventura
Price: £12.04

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique Comedy, 27 Sep 2011
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I had fond memories of this movie and was so pleased to be able to get a DVD.

It is SO funny with virtually non-stop laughs and bizarre incidents.

The great Lino Ventura was best known as a serious actor and was a staple for many years in French gangster films; was equally superb playing detectives (rather reminiscent, and pre-dating, Columbo); and is also well-remembered in classic Melville films, especially "Army in the Shadows".

But here he displays a marvellous talent in a comedy role as a hit man being frustrated at every turn by his real-life friend Brel.

This is regarded as one of the very best French comedies and time hasn't dimmed it. It should be in the collection of every Ventura or French movie fan.

Sitting alongside this on the shelf should also be Ventura's "Happy New Year".

The Americans made fair attempts at remaking these two movies but you can't beat the originals.


The Singer's Singer: The Life and Music of Matt Monro
The Singer's Singer: The Life and Music of Matt Monro
by Michele Monro
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous Book, 28 April 2011
This was my wife's Christmas present (bought through Amazon) to me. Having now read it all, I would say that it is so much above the usual showbiz "ghost written" efforts.

There are certainly some surprises that even devoted Monro fans probably weren't aware of. It is illuminating to read of the alcohol issues and the copies of doctors' reports were very interesting. Matt must have had unique powers to have maintained that incredible level of vocal quality right up to the end. I think it is very honest to declare (as comes out in some medical reports) that the main problem was that Matt loved drinking as a social thing

Reading of that unbelievable touring schedule, month in, month out, makes one understand the pressures on these top-flight entertainers. I wouldn't want to do it. Though I can begin to understand how addictive such a life can be-the sense of responsibility to fans and venue bookings; the buzz from the adulation; the travelling (though mainly hotels!); the social side of mixing with one's peers.....

Downsides obviously were the loneliness, separation from family, difficulty in developing other interests, little time to enjoy the monetary rewards...

Reading such a detailed book as this had for me a rather humbling effect in making me realise the awesome drain fans and fame can have on such giants of show business.

I think the author's approach in writing in the third person was absolutely right.

Criticisms? Very few. There are a number of typographical errors, suspect labelling of photos, etc. Though Michele almost always is correct in using the plural possessive which is very gratifying! A comprehensive index would have been useful. The references at the end to various sources, where people are filed in Christian name order, bizarrely works very well!

Overall, a wonderful memorial to the World's greatest popular singer who meant, and means still, so much to so many people..


Tune In Tomorrow... [DVD]
Tune In Tomorrow... [DVD]
Dvd ~ Barbara Hershey
Price: £6.77

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Creditable Movie of a Genius Novel, 9 Nov 2010
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This review is from: Tune In Tomorrow... [DVD] (DVD)
Don't expect a faithful translation of Vargas-Llosa's brilliant novel. That is on so many levels and is so full of incident that it could probably only be faithfully represented by a 6-part TV movie.

But this is a most enjoyable movie in its own right and has 3 superb leading players.

If you're a Vargas-Llosa disciple, you'll have this in your collection anyway. If you love involved comedy dramas, as a 1950s pastiche, then buy this and enjoy.


In Search of Robert Millar: Unravelling the Mystery Surrounding Britain's Most Successful Tour De France Cyclist
In Search of Robert Millar: Unravelling the Mystery Surrounding Britain's Most Successful Tour De France Cyclist
by Richard Moore
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

4.0 out of 5 stars Another Perplexing Genius, 21 Oct 2010
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The writing here, and the investigative journalism, are first-rate and make for an interesting read about a fine cyclist (and not just a specialist climber).

In truth, reading about his treatment of early team members and other behavioural quirks, Millar is probably not a person one would wish to meet. However, that's often the mark of genius and he can justifiably be placed up there on that imaginary podium with other "difficult" stars.

I remember reading something in Lance Armstrong's book about the need to "escape", fulfilled by mounting one's bike and riding off.

I hope Robert has found some peace from his demons.

A fine read, with just that element of the mystery unexplained to wish for more.


The Secret Life of France
The Secret Life of France
by Lucy Wadham
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Slant on France, 3 Aug 2010
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I spotted this item in a national newspaper, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book; very interesting facts of the French style of life, easy to read it, funny, and very entertaining. It was an uncomplicated very good read. I was pleased that the price of this item on Amazon was lower than the original price advertised in the newspaper.


Matt Monro - Matt At The Movies [DVD]
Matt Monro - Matt At The Movies [DVD]
Dvd ~ Matt Monro
Offered by Classic Films Direct from A2B Media
Price: £2.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Of Great Interest, 30 Dec 2009
The oddity here is Matt's only foray into movies. Apparently made due to his long friendship with the director, the story (a thriller) is pretty trite really and serves mainly as a travelogue to Big Game South Africa in the '70s. Matt was accomplished in anything he did so it's no surprise that he gives a spirited performance in the limited screen time alloted to him.

The other item is a lovely little cinema short from the mid '60s with Matt at "home" with guests Roy Castle and the wonderful Marion Montgomery, from which he travels to Rome to do some numbers against local backdrops. The highspot is "3 Coins in the Fountain". Matt sings beautifully with an unusual travel-like musical accompaniment.

A must-have for completists and would merit 5 stars for the cinema short which is a bright, glossy trip that will take all those of a certain age down Memory Lane.


Matt At The BBC
Matt At The BBC
Price: £5.77

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Criticism, 13 July 2009
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This review is from: Matt At The BBC (Audio CD)
The CD has a most generous collection of radio gems from the early years, with interesting variations on the more familiar arrangements we know from the LPs/CDs. Fascinating to read the liner notes about the BBC's transcription service that was available around the world.

Having had for years a "seventh copy of a seventh copy" of the 1974 TV show "Matt Sings Monro", I'm delighted to see this come up on DVD in an as-new transfer.

Any other comments are superfluous. Buy this set whilst you can to add to your collection of the world's greatest singer.


Dino: Living High in the Dirty Business of Dreams
Dino: Living High in the Dirty Business of Dreams
by Nick Tosches
Edition: Paperback

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Eye-Opening Read, 29 May 2009
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The foul language that peppers this book prevents me from giving it 5 stars but it is nevertheless a great read and a real eye-opener into the US entertainment industry.

OK, we all know that the USA is Mafia Country but I would have liked to have seen a little more balance; there must be some decent people around surely? Tosches is very good in describing the early Italian community in Ohio and the wheeling and dealing that went on but I can't believe that that's the whole story.

The book, and indeed some review comments on the cover, suggest that Dean was a lightweight talent and that it's difficult now to remember what he was famous for. I think that is unfair. He WAS a great singer in his chosen style and area and a very good actor in many different roles. He was of that generation of American entertainers who exuded a relaxed aura that made people feel good at his shows.

This is a much different book to the usual light, slavish junk that masquerades as biography. Recommended, but remember it's strong and may not be for those who like their heroes in candyfloss.


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